Your Dog Can Finally Be Your Movie Date at This Texas Theater

published Dec 16, 2018
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Going to the movies can be a lot of fun, but do you ever feel like something is missing? Besides $30 from your wallet, that is. You can go to the movies with your best friend or your significant other, but there is one movie buddy who isn’t allowed at the theater. Your dog.

Anyone who has spent their weekend binge-watching TV shows and movies on their couch with their dog knows that your pet is often the best movie buddy. They don’t talk during the previews. They’re always willing to eat the snacks you just can’t seem to finish. And all they want to do is cuddle you the entire time. But, most traditional movie theaters frown at people bringing their dogs to the theater.

One theater in Plano, Texas, is meant just for bringing your dog to the movies. K9 Cinemas is a place designed specifically for dogs and their owners. It was founded by Eric Lankford and his dog, Bear. The company’s “who we are” says:

K9C is a movie theater that allows you to bring your dog to the movies with you! We have a big heart for our furry family members in our lives, and believe they should get a night out with you!

Every owner and dog that goes to K9 Cinemas has to follow three rules:

  1. Clean up after your pet.
  2. Provide valid papers from your pet’s vet on your first visit with each pet.
  3. Maximum 2 dogs per human allowed.

Simple enough! Along with following the rules, owners have to sign a waiver that says K9C is not responsible for the safety of the human or their pet. Understandably, all dogs must also be kept on leashes while they’re at the theater.

Right now, it looks like K9 Cinemas is showing Christmas movies. On December 21, 2018, humans can take their pups to see “Home Alone” and on December 26, 2018, they can go see “Elf.” Owner tickets cost $12.50, while “child” tickets cost $9. If you bring an additional dog, the second doggy ticket is $5. Only 25 tickets are sold per show, so there is plenty of room for everyone to sit comfortably.

According to Guide Live, K9C isn’t a pop-up but it isn’t permanent either, as it operates out of a private events space. Lankford does plan to change the seating after Christmas to incorporate couches to make it even more comfortable for humans and their dogs to relax.